Fly Fishing the Streams and Rivers of KZN
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Wild Trout, Hidden Streams6:30am 22 Jul
Wild Trout, Hidden Streams
A wild trout, tiny, but perfect, in streams made of no more than pockets connected by ribbons of water that flow out of high mountains, that’s the stuff that dreams are made of. These trout are the descendants of those that were originally seeded into these waters in the late 1800s after the ova survived the 3-week journey by sea in frozen wooden...
A Rod Named Didima6:30am 15 Jul
A Rod Named Didima
Sometimes you need to share with others who will understand the things that get you excited. A week or so ago Stephen Boshoff, bamboo rod maker and innovative craftsman extraordinaire, called me and said he was sending me one of his rods to use and give him feedback.
I had in fact seen the rod before and said then that when I grow up I would like to commission him to build me one. Alas, my wife the exchequer would have to agree to release the appropriate funds. I, of course, consider it appropriate, but if it’s the truth you are after,...
Encounters of the Close Kind6:30am 3 Feb
Encounters of the Close Kind – People, Fish and Snakes
I look forward each year to a hiking, camping and fishing expedition into foothills of the Drakensberg mountains to enjoy being close to nature, stalking wild trout and sharing the experience with a few likeminded friends.
This year didn’t disappoint. We experienced rural Africa at its best; warm, friendly, poor only in a financial sense, and welcoming people that left you feeling humbled by the experience.
We made connections with trout as well as hard fighting indigenous yellowfish and...
Fishing the Old Dam11:55am 19 Nov
IAN COX SENT THIS PICTURE WITH THE CAPTION - ‘Why you should be fishing the Old Dam’
I looked at the picture above and replied to Ian, asking if he’d perhaps taken the fish on a # 20 Single Feather CDC Midge and an 8X tippet…?
"Not even close", Ian replied. "Foul hooked on a red tailed Woolly Bugger (# 10) trailed very deep behind a boat on a 4X tippet. Not the most skillful fishing but the only way we able to raise fish."
I replied to Ian: "As Hugh Huntley, the great wizard of the Old Dam would have said, 'Cox if I thought you were going to cheat I...
A Slice of Rural Africa5:55am 16 Oct
Words and pics by Peter Brigg, callofthestream.wordpress.com
I can't recall the number of times I have hiked into the mountains to hunt wild trout in these pristine environments, but I do know it is many. I have also written often of my experiences, of the adventures and the pleasures that this kind of flyfishing brings me. What I have seldom mentioned is that the first part of these hikes usually involves an hour or two of passing through rural settlements where the people we encounter have always been inquisitive...
Good Works4:50am 4 Jun
From Peter Brigg
I thought this may be of interest to you. There is a project that has been started up in the Kamberg area by the KZN Fly Fishing Association assisted by Linda Gorlei and others. They are restoring a section of the Mooi River between Peter Moller’s farm Riverside and the Kamberg Nature Reserve. This weekend the Durban Fly Tyers went up to Kamberg to introduce the local community to fly tying and Jay Smit produced some training vices for them.
What Trout Want11:59am 9 Apr
What Trout Want - The Educated Trout and other Myths
by Bob Wyatt
I enjoyed this book as much, if not more, than Bob Wyatt's previous work, Trout Hunting - The Pursuit of Happiness.
In What Trout Want, Wyatt demolishes two long held beliefs in fly fishing that had their origins way back in the Halfordian era and were perpetuated by the likes of Schwiebert, Marinaro, Swisher and Richards and a heap more famous anglers besides. The author convincingly disproves the concept of selectivity as we anglers know and understand it and does a remarkable hatchet job on the so-called '...
Fishing in Lesotho7:00am 26 Jan
Received from Ian Cox:
I have just got back from a hugely successful weekend fishing in Lesotho. Four of us caught about 20-plus fish for each of the two days we fished. (I went up with the Baha boys, www.bahaflyfishing.co.za) The great thing was that we were either casting at rising fish or into little nooks and crannies where the fish were holding up.
The fish were on average about 20cm...
RAMBLINGS ON THE UMGENI RIVER9:14pm 17 Oct
Words and pics by Andrew Fowler.
There is a small river, which flows through the soft folds of the Dargle Valley that converses in the same languages that I do: English, Afrikaans and Zulu.
Let me explain. The uMgeni itself, the Zulu speaker, emerges from a highland vlei as a small stream. It is joined a few miles down, by the Afrikaner (die Poort), and some way along by the Furth (the Englishman). And I think that it is only at...